Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Cabernet tasted July 2013

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Murphy-Goode Dealer's Choice (2010)
Comments: Oaky and dark on the nose with some licorice tones backing up the herb framed toasty nose which shows burnt orange rind and wild cherry fruit all topped with a bit of fresh mint. Just a touch chunky on entry, this needs some time to fully integrate but the acid and slightly angular tannins really fill out the mouth nicely. The fruit has a light raspberry preserve edge to it but remains clear on the palate and fairly zesty with integrated herbal spice notes adding detail and some walnutty oak leading to a moderately long oak tannin and wild red berry fruit finish. Smooth, polished and well balanced. 89pts
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2 Barra of Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County (2009)
Comments: Tight on the nose with a touch of creamy cafe au lait under the core of gentle red fruit with some mint and nutty top notes. This is lush and slightly sweet on entry with nice acidity lending freshness and excellent clarity to the palate.The fruit leans towards the black raspberry range of the spectrum and this shows impressive ifs subtle complexity with subtle, toast, herbal and almost tomato fruit character that extends across the fairly long finish. This feels great in the mouth and really has a lovely flavor profile. 88pts
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3 Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon the Expedition (2011)
Comments: Interesting aromatics feature a bit of violet and iris along with some earthy root vegetables and peppery nuances under blueberry and black currant fruit sweetened with a nice dose of gingery wood spice. Smooth and polished in the mouth with a very fine vegetal edge that recalls beet roots with it's blend of earthy and sweet elements adding some detail to a palate that shows plenty of blue fruit and floral character. Rather medium weight with some stiff underlying tannins lending this a firm feel that is contrast to the rather bright, fresh fruit on the palate. Very refreshing and frankly a bit austere, finishing with some wood sweetness and a touch of citrus peel. This is an attractive wine at this price point. 87pts
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4 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (2010)
Comments: This offers up a lovely blend of black fruit, dried herb and fairly assertive smoky oak on the nose, with the herbal note remaining quite dominant. Smooth, polished and easy drinking, the oak is quite well integrates on the plummy, black currant driven palate that shows excellent clarity of flavor, though it does come off as a touch candied in the mouth before yielding to well structured though fairly dry, long finish. 87pts
Average price: $15.99 from 119 stores
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5 Angulo Innocenti Cabernet Sauvignon la Consulta (2011)
Comments: Oddly floral and slightly tarry on the nose, this shows noticeably French oak under that floral and spicy fruit. A little sweet on entry, this is smooth, rich and polished with an initial rush of sweet toasty oak followed by jammy strawberry and blackberry fruit that in turn yields to dark, tarry, oily spice notes on the backend and through the long, spicy and slightly hot finish. A rather imposing wine with well managed oak though I do wish this showed more depth and brightness to the fruit. Nonetheless, once you get past the nose and a little lactic quality on the palate, this is pretty suave and certainly holds broad appeal. 87pts
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6 Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvignon (2010)
Comments: Smoky with a bit of pickle barrel on the nose and lots of dried herbs with just a base note of red fruit. Pretty fruity on entry and with just a hint of RS adding emphasis to the sprightly red berry fruit. The tannins here are a touch hard just the fruit works well on the modest finish which shows nice refreshing acids and some strawberry tones that linger on the palate. This is round, juicy and a little rustic but kind of fun to drink. 86pts
Average price: $11.99 from 125 stores
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